Hero saves motorist after car flips on its roof in busy Portsmouth street

The flipped car in Elm Grove, Southsea
The flipped car in Elm Grove, Southsea

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  • Car flipped over in Elm Grove, Southsea
  • Local employee helped man out of car
  • No other cars involved
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WHEN Belal Miah saw a car had flipped on to its roof, he didn’t hesitate to rush in to help free the trapped driver from the wreckage.

Belal works at BC&A Chartered Accountants in Elm Grove, Southsea.

I sprinted to the car and tried to help the guy out

Belal Miah

The firm is located opposite the scene of the accident yesterday morning, where a car ended up on its roof after an accident at the junction with St Andrew’s Road.

As soon as he realised what had happened, the 28-year-old accountant from Festing Road rushed to help.

He smashed a window and pulled the driver to safety, following the crash which happened at 11.45am.

‘I didn’t actually see the car flip over,’ he said.

‘But as soon as I saw it I could see the car was upside down and someone was in it.

‘So I sprinted to the car and tried to help the guy out.

‘The window was smashed a little bit so I broke the rest on that side and thought he could get out through there.

‘But because of the angle I couldn’t get him out that way.

‘I went to the other side and managed to open the door and I got him out through that side.’

The male driver did not have any major injuries and was able to walk away from the crash.

‘He only had a few scratches. He wasn’t badly injured,’ Belal added.

‘We sat him down and someone got him a glass of water while somebody else nearby called the police who arrived shortly after.

‘He didn’t really say anything. I just asked him if he was okay and he said he was.

‘He was very shocked. He couldn’t speak properly.’

Paramedics arrived at the scene and the man was taken to hospital to be checked over.

Police closed the road for around an hour to allow them to carry out investigations.

Belal added it was fortunate no-one else was nearby at the time of the accident.

‘Luckily there were no other cars involved and no pedestrians were hurt,’ he said.’